The Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa (HSFSA) is pleased to introduce Professor Pamela Naidoo, our newly appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) from 01 September 2016.   Naidoo is a public health and behavioral medicine specialist with 28 years of experience in the health sector spanning both non-communicable and communicable diseases. Naidoo is the Research Director of the Psychosocial Well-Being and Behavioural Interventions programme at the SA Human Sciences Research Council and holds an Extraordinary Professorship in the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences at the University of the Western Cape. She has a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Durban-Westville and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Cape Town, as well as a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Natal.

The Board of the HSFSA welcomes Prof Naidoo and is confident she will positively contribute to the foundation’s mission and lead the organization towards its next stage of development. Chairperson of the HSFSA, Ms Nanette Crouse, says “We were fortunate to have a highly talented and experienced pool of candidates to choose from. We look forward to Prof Naidoo’s leadership.”

At the heart of the foundation

The Board of the HSFSA, staff, partners and stakeholders, wish to thank and commend Dr Vash Mungal-Singh for her sterling work done in the CEO role since 2010. Dr Mungal-Singh has been an asset in her abilities to efficiently manage the HSFSA to ensure its sustainability and continued foothold in the South African NGO sector. Under the firm hand of Mungal-Singh the HSFSA has grown its reach in awareness and programmes, raised its presence in advocacy, health communities and affiliations on global platforms, and contributed toward upholding the standard and ethics practiced in the public health space. We trust you will grow from strength to strength and continue to be a proud supporter of the HSFSA.